THE CITY of Greater Bendigo plans to send a delegation to Canberra in bid to get federal support for two local projects.
The council listed the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre and airport redevelopment as its top priorities ahead of the federal election.
The projects received support from the two major party candidates, but funding was not promised.
Council city futures director Stan Liacos said a meeting with Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss was being organised.
The aquatic centre needs $10 million and the airport $5 million from the new government, with both projects to be funded by all levels of government.
“We particularly enjoy strong support from the National Party regarding our aspirations for developing Bendigo Airport,” Mr Liacos said.
“Their support to date has been terrific.
“Both projects are continuing to be designed and we expect to be shovel-ready for both projects within 18 months from today.”
Mr Liacos said council staff had also been speaking about the projects with new Bendigo member Lisa Chesters.
“Whilst there was no specific funding pledge during the federal election campaign, it is important to stress the candidates from the four biggest parties all announced their in-principle support of the projects,” he said.
“We are optimistic that we will be able to secure federal government support for the number one City of Greater Bendigo priority project – the aquatic centre – over the next three years.
Mr Liacos said the council would look to discuss the projects with the state government as next year's election drew closer.
Mayor-elect Barry Lyons said the airport was vital to cater for businesses and said the aquatic centre was equally important.
“We’ve closed the Long Gully pool, Kangaroo Flat’s just about past its use by date and Golden Square has had a bit of a revitalisation, but it’s not going to last forever,” he said.